Posts Tagged ‘outdoor entertaining’

Entertaining with Mom & Better Homes and Gardens

Monday, May 4th, 2015

I was visiting with my parents in Las Vegas two weeks ago and my Mom and I took a few hours to set a colorful table so she can entertain her friends and family this summer. We shopped for Better Homes and Gardens products at Walmart for a few pieces to brighten her poolside outdoor table.

moms summer table from above

moms summer outdoor table

She chose the the colorful ombre stripe tablecloth and aqua watercolor melamine plates with coordinating salad bowl. Also pictured are mom’s everyday oval basket placemats and the cobalt flatware she’s owned for fifteen years.

cobalt flatware

bhg melamine plates

My mom is an amazing cook, so she combined a few of her recipes for a tropical inspired meal while I was in town. She’s a big believer in "traveling through cooking" and it was off to the Caribbean with these recipes, she was kind enough to write down all the ingredients so I could share them with you! Click on the titles or images to download the printable recipes.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Tropical Salsa

pork tenderloin tropical salsa

 

Tropical Salsa for Pork Tenderloin

tropical salsa

 

You like fries with creamy dip? You’ll love this exotic variation!

Roasted Caribbean Sweet Potato Fries with Mango Dipping Sauce

caribean sweet potato fries with mango dipping sauce

Frankly I’ve never had better sweet potatoes than these! You’ll know what I mean if you recreate them. They have a tangy sweetness that is so delicious, I couldn’t stop eating them!

Here is her spinach salad with crumbled bacon, mandarin oranges, chopped macadamia nuts, and (optional) red onion that she later tossed with a papaya seed dressing.

Spinach Salad with Papaya Seed Dressing

spinach salad

 

This rum punch will put you in the best mood. Mixed tropical juices with Sprite and a dash of Captain Morgan’s, you’ll want more than one glass!

Flamingo Rum Punch

flamingo rum punch

It was a delightful feast with tropical flavors enjoyed poolside, I always loved my mom’s cooking and this was another favorite meal! 

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This post sponsored by Better Homes and Gardens products at Walmart. All opinions are my own. Catch up with the BHG Live Better on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

Create an Inviting Outdoor Conversation Area

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

One of the things I’m looking forward to most in summer is lingering outside with friends and family on a warm evening while we sip beverages, barbeque, and enjoy the cool breezes that blow through the yard.  I’m sure you feel the same about your summer evenings too!  I invited my friend and fellow blogger Shannon of {aka} Design to be a contributor here and today she’ll be sharing a few ideas for creating that perfect inviting outdoor conversation zone which will guarantee your guests linger longer during the warmer summer months.  Please welcome Shannon as she shares her best tips on creating an inviting conversation area in your own yard. 

“Outdoor dining areas have long been popular in the warm summer months for parties, barbeques, and family get togethers.   There are so many fabulous ideas to be found both online and in print to inspire you to create a cozy eating area and conversation zone outdoors. 

With so many beautiful and affordable outdoor furniture sets available these days, it’s easy to create an outdoor conversation zone that works for your lifestyle.  But creating an area for lingering conversation is about more than just plopping down an outdoor sofa and some chairs.  Here are some tips for creating an inviting conversation outdoors in a space large or small!  

1. Create a Focal Point

HGTV

firepit seating area

Parker Palm Springs

Build your conversation area around something interesting by creating a focal point.  This can take the form of a fire pit, a coffee table, or an outdoor ottoman to rest your feet.  By gathering your seating around something you make it easier to have face-to-face conversation.  The nice thing about a fire pit is it creates a campfire-type atmosphere for sharing stories – of the ghost-type or not – and is great for toasting marshmallows.  A coffee table or ottoman provides a place to set your drink or put up your feet, which is always a reason to stay a little longer. 

 

2. Layer Greenery

elle decor outdoor greenery

Elle DECOR

bhg greenery around outdoor sitting area

BHG

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